How to Make an Egg Dish

comments (20) April 10th, 2012     

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Jeff_Rudell Jeffery Rudell, contributor
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A ghostly moon, an arctic ice floe, a piece of crackleware, or just an unexpected use for recycled and rescued materials?
An eggshell-encrusted platter mimics its finer (and more expensive) eggshell-embedded lacquerware cousin—at a fraction of the cost.
Keep in mind that adhering convex eggshells to a concave surface is bound to offer challenges.
A ghostly moon, an arctic ice floe, a piece of crackleware, or just an unexpected use for recycled and rescued materials?

A ghostly moon, an arctic ice floe, a piece of crackleware, or just an unexpected use for recycled and rescued materials?

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Once the varnish has dried, apply a finish coat of Butcher's Clear Paste Wax using a soft cloth, allow to dry, then buff to a sheen with a clean cotton rag.


Be sure to wax the eggshell side of your piece as well. The wax will lend your piece more of the look of Japanese lacquer than just the varnish.


The finished piece, as seen from above: a ghostly moon, an arctic ice floe, a piece of crackleware, or just an unexpected use for recycled and rescued materials?
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vallivortex writes: a long forgotten technique.. thanks for the reminder!

Posted: 2:06 am on June 28th
lynhead52 writes: you can also use alcohol inks to put color on them. I make my own with alcohol and felt tip markers- you can find directions on line.
Posted: 7:14 pm on May 4th
janettalk writes: Beautiful. My first thought about using egg shells was a rustic, home-grown project. But wow! You brought it to a sophisticated level. It looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing.
Posted: 11:36 pm on May 2nd
Carolebarrel writes: Egg shells? No problem: Souffles, lemon meringue pie, white omelets, hollandaise sauce, milkshakes all in one meal. I use brown eggs from brown hens--can't wait to try this on gold spray painted base. I am afraid easter egg dye would bleed since it must be used with water soluble and edible dyes. You are a paper prince. Thanks for ALL your stimulating, generous ideas Paul.
Posted: 3:14 am on April 23rd
jullibean writes: Wow I will be saving eggshells and try this...hope mine will look as great as yours!
Posted: 6:21 pm on December 11th
Jeff_Rudell writes: Dear CleverPussRevolution: I am certain you could replace the varnish that I used on this project, with a non-toxic substitute that would make your vessel suitable for use with food (fruit, breads, rolls, etc.) I might suggest exploring Modge-Podge as a finishing medium. As well, I believe certain Acrylic finishes are non-toxic and safe to use with food. Good luck and thank you for your comments.
Posted: 5:34 pm on May 17th
CleverPussRevolution writes: Just beautiful! As always a stunning, classy and brilliant project.
Is there a way to do this so that it could be used for food purposes? I'm thinking more along the lines of serving fruit or bread rather than eating off of. Are the lacquers and such safe for this kind of thing? Thanks!
Posted: 1:34 pm on May 11th
SandraElaine writes: Really neat idea; will try it soon. Thanks. Sandy K
Posted: 12:08 pm on March 21st
Tess1960 writes: Wow, great idea. I love the outcome, beautiful.
Posted: 1:55 pm on March 1st
WWSusanB writes: WOW!! Now I have an idea for a problem color ginger jar lamp base. OOOh, how about eggshells in colors left over from Easter? Okay, I have to sit down now, my head is spinning. I love this site.
Posted: 2:44 am on March 1st
Jrsjewels writes: Wow! That's amazing!
Posted: 10:13 pm on February 28th
sewitall writes: I think the organic nature of eggs would lend themselves another layer of interest instead of painting them; my 30 chickens produce various shades of dark brown, speckled brown, tinted beige and pink beiges and white. A fabulous use for those extra eggs that don't get used up. Adaptable to many surface types too. My mind is spinning......
Posted: 11:04 am on February 28th
SewDanish writes: Amazing result. I love it!
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Posted: 3:07 am on February 28th
newberg writes: Wow, what a wonderful creation!
Having worked with decoupage for many years I might consider either a decoupage medium or diluted white glue for adhering the egg shells. Because both dry clear you can layer many coats without distorting the material you are working with. Dry between each coat, 12-24 hours. After 3 or 4 coats I would diluted white glue (a tad bit less water this time) and fill the spaces between the shells. Again this will dry clear will build up those areas lower areas allowing for a smooth finish. Add as many layers of water base varnish as you can tolerate with light buffing between coats. The trick with decoupage, after mastering the cutting technique, is patience. It's the multiple coats of varnish applied evenly and allowed to dry thoroughly between applications that gives the material that "old, always been there" look.
Jeffery you are a genius. Now I know what to do with a set of tacky pseudo brass dinner chargers that I have. I think this technique will make a beautiful set that I'll use more often.
Thank you for sharing!
Posted: 9:45 pm on February 27th
WendyQM writes: Beautiful!
Posted: 8:40 pm on February 27th
eyesaflame writes: I wonder how eggshell would work in encaustic?
Posted: 8:23 pm on February 27th
eyesaflame writes: Ooo - this is brilliant.
Posted: 8:22 pm on February 27th
Ruby2 writes: Thank you Jeffery for your creativity! What a beautiful plate! I can't wait to try and make it! I'm thinking of spray painting my plate pink! What do you think of that?

Posted: 1:41 pm on February 25th
Peggy123 writes: Wow! You are a genius! I love how the plate looks! I have no clue how you come up with these amazing ideas!
I feel like going out and dropping 2 dozen eggs on the floor just to try! But alas, I shall collect the egg shells from my leftovers, and my kids, and go to town!
Thank you as always for your brilliant ideas!
Posted: 1:39 pm on February 25th
Sister_Diane writes: Genius as always, Jeffery. What a stunning project. Makes me want to try one where I dye the eggs in a bunch of pastel colors first. (Guess I'll be pestering everyone to save their Easter shells.)
Posted: 10:33 am on February 23rd
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